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Old 11-19-2012, 08:21 PM   #1
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Another tire question

Have a 99 discovery 36T DP.

Previous owner had a spare stored under bed. Didn't think anything about t until I needed to get to engine.
Pulled the tire out and found it is brand new Michelin XRV 22.5.

Still has tag on the tread.
It was mfg. in 02
Question - is it advisable to buy another tire and replace my front steer tires?

I have seen so much on here about tire age iam a bit confused.

Any suggestions?
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:31 PM   #2
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I've been told that the age, not the miles is the determining factor whether stored or driven on. So the answer is you need two new tires on the front. i was also informed that the only RV tires worn out are owned by nascar drivers or pro golfers.
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'02 makes it 10 years old. Even if never used it still should be replaced.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:49 PM   #4
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Accurate advice from jmarmor, over 7 years old means it
should go to be recycled. Buy two new ones and never
compromise on your safety.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:58 PM   #5
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Whoachubby, as you can see, I have a Discovery, only it's a 37v. My question is, how in the world did they get a tire under the bed? I have absolutely no room for a tire, under there, about the only thing I have room for are a few blankets and spare pillows. Another thing, you must be a younger man than I, because trying to pull that thing out from under there would be a real chore! To answer, your question, both of the front tires on my bus were on there when I bought it. They are TOYO's show some wear, no weather checking. The worst mistake that can be made to one of these 22.5's is run them soft. I run 110 lbs in them all, it may ride a little harder, but I feel much more secure, knowing I don't have to worry about blowing one out.
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:36 PM   #6
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The worst problem is moving the mattress which is twice as heavy as tire.
Tire sits under bed frame. On top of bulkhead which sits over engine.

Just seems so counter intuitive to have a brand new $500 tire and not be able to use it.
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I would (and am doing so) keep a older tire that has never been used or exposed to the elements for a spare. It should be fine to be used until a replacement could be had and place it back to spare status.

If you do not want to use it, then suggest to sell it on Craigslist. I sell my pull-offs whenever I buy new. They are snapped by folks with work trucks.
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The worst problem is moving the mattress which is twice as heavy as tire.
Tire sits under bed frame. On top of bulkhead which sits over engine.

Just seems so counter intuitive to have a brand new $500 tire and not be able to use it.
The thing is: you don't have a "brand new tire", you have a 10 year old tire that has never been used.
RV tires "age out" before they wear out. 10 years is the maximum time Michelin gives for their tires. It is better for a tire to be run, then allowed to sit unused. However you do have what may be good storeage conditions depending on how hot the area gets from engine or other heat and whether ozone has caused the rubber to deteriorate.
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AS long as it hasn't been in the sun AT ALL, I'd keep it as a spare. Yes I think years age tires, but I think it also has a lot to do with UV damage of the sidewalls.
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Obviously, the old owner thought he needed a spare with him. The question is what do YOU think.

The majority of big RV's do not carry spares anymore, we carry cell phones and call some company such as Coach-Net (there are others) to rescue us, and use the room used to carry a spare for other worthless junk.

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